One of my favorite quotes from Bradbury. His family was poor, and he came of age during the Depression and his family couldn't afford to send him to college right away. He said, "People say, 'I can't afford to get an education.' Yes you CAN! Walk out your front door, go down the street and come here (the local library) That's where I got my education, and you can, too."
Oh Ray, how I adore your books. I'm not sure I can choose a favorite. I think one of my fondest memories is reading Fahrenheit 451 and realizing that it wasn't just a story, it was a warning. I was pretty young, so books were still just between the book covers for me.
He was one of the first authors that made me look at books as tools of the mind and the spirit; as the means to communicate ideas, warnings, or lessons to the world.
"To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must write dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfume and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories - science fiction or otherwise. Which means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world." - Ray Bradbury
This is - to me - the most precious piece he ever composed.
The only one I've read so far was Fahrenheit 451 back in school but it was a really great novel. Even imagining a society where all the books get burned makes me sad so I hope it never becomes a reality.
It seems like there's news of a famous person dying rather often these days, it's an odd coincidence.
I remember not too long ago reading about one of the Bee Gee's members passing on Yahoo when I went to check my email.